When Amy Joy Wroe Bechtel disappeared in July 1997, her life held much promise.  Newly married and in peak physical health, the 24-year-old was making memories with her husband and planning for the future.
But this up-and-coming young woman’s future was called into question when she failed to return to her Lander, Wyoming, home later that same night.
Where did Amy go, and who or what decided to rip her from the arms of her loved ones before her time?
As I’ve said countless times on this blog, safety is an illusion.
Even those of us who get strong gut feelings about certain people and situations struggle to follow those feelings and make decisions based on them. Gut feelings are usually right, but we worry that in following them, we are being judgemental or plain old silly.
Even when we’re surrounded by red flags, we don’t always want to believe the worst.
On February 2, 2008, 24-year-old Lindsay Buziak, a ReMax Camosun Realtor from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was murdered on the job. When she was asked to show the house she was killed in, the job seemed too good to be true. …
In 2017, the news in my part of Pennsylvania was buzzing with the disappearances of four young men from Bucks County. One by one, these young men — kids, really — vanished from the face of the earth, and their families and the police struggled to connect the disappearances.
It would eventually emerge that the men were connected by one person with a long history of mental illness, police run-ins, and unsettling behavior, who, over the course of about ten days, carried out a reign of terror that would haunt Bucks County forever.
Bucks County is not a small area. In 2010, it was home to 625,249 people, making it the fourth most-populous county in Pennsylvania, according to Wikipedia. Big cities including Philadelphia are nearby, but the violent crime rate in Bucks County is low — 9.6 on a scale of 100, with the national average being 22.7. …
Viewers of KIMT-TV in Mason City, Iowa, may or may not have noticed the absence of anchor Jodi Huisentruit on the morning of June 27, 1995, but her co-workers certainly did. 
Jodi wasn’t the type to just skip out on work. So when Jodi still wasn’t on set when the cameras started rolling on the 6 o’clock morning news broadcast, KIMT-TV employees knew something was very wrong.
But they didn’t expect to still be wondering where Jodi is more than 25 years later.
Law enforcement is tasked with protecting the public and bringing the bad guys to justice. It’s frustrating, then, when they fail to do so. It’s even more frustrating when law enforcement refuses to acknowledge its mistakes and won’t try to right its wrongs for reasons of pride.
Some homicide cases are complicated and it’s difficult to decipher all of the facts. The case of 27-year-old Donald Edward “D.J.” Fickey is not one of them. Law enforcement doesn’t want to acknowledge that the young father was murdered on October 3, 2016. …
I think we can all agree that video and audio recordings significantly increase the creepiness factor of a case. The disappearance of Canadian woman Amber Tuccaro is extremely disconcerting, thanks to a short snippet of audio in which Amber can be heard asking the man who was driving her where they were headed.
Amber knew the man wasn’t taking her where she wanted to go. You could hear the desperation and growing fear in her voice.
Ten years later, this case hasn’t been solved, in large part because the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) didn’t investigate when they should have.
This story will infuriate you because of the police’s complete indifference to Amber’s disappearance. …
I’ve written about many horrific crimes, but the Channon Christian-Christopher Newsom murders left a scar on my heart. It is truly one of the most horrifying tales I’ve ever heard. It took me several days to wrap my head around it before I could start writing about it.
If you struggle with depression, PTSD, or you’re just a soft-hearted person, you might want to think twice before reading this. You’ve been warned.
If you do a search of Linda Stoltzfoos’ name on YouTube, you will find numerous videos about the case. One, in particular, caught my attention because it reminded me of an episode of “See No Evil” that I recently watched on Investigation Discovery (ID).
There is no way to confirm the validity of the claims made in the video, but according to the YouTube channel Plunder, Justo Smoker, the suspect who was filmed on surveillance video abducting 18-year-old Amish girl Linda Stoltzfoos, is talking behind bars at the Lancaster County Prison.
Plunder claims to have a source inside the prison who states that Smoker has been telling people that he can’t be convicted of murder if her body is never found. …
I’m sad and angry to have to write this update.
In late June, I told you about an 18-year-old Amish girl named Linda Stoltzfoos who had gone missing from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Many assumed that she ran away to start a new life, but that seemed unlikely, as she showed no signs of wanting to leave the church, nor did she reach out to anyone to let them know she was OK.
It just broke less than an hour ago that a man has been arrested for abducting Linda. The name of this piece of garbage is Justo Smoker, 34. He hails from Paradise Township, not far from where Linda was taken. …
Your family likely means the world to you. There’s nothing you wouldn’t do to protect them. The loss of a child would rip a massive chunk out of your soul and leave a hole that could never be filled.
If this sounds like you, it means you’re a normal person.
But there are people in this world who will stop at nothing to get what they want — or to get rid of what they don’t want — and even flesh and blood is not off-limits. …